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Sunday, 8 August 2010


Firstly , Thank you everyone for the lovely comments , they always make me smile .
This is a non-stitchy post , but I will be back soon with posts about an exchange ,and updates of my new project .
Yesterday we went to Cromford for the afternoon , and had a lovely time . Cromford is close to Matlock Bath in the Derbyshire Peaks , for anyone who doesn't know . There is an old book shop there called Scarthin Books, that we go to occasionally. The shop is not for the faint hearted . It is chock full of books, to the point where you have to squeeze between the shelves , climb over them on the floor and climb up narrow rickety steps to the next level , but it can be a treasure trove of old, out of print ,second hand titles ,as well as the new stuff.

They have a modern art/sculpture on the front wall. Not a great picture , but you get the idea .

We also like to have a look round the old Mill , which now houses a few different shops , but used to be a working mill owned by Sir Richard Arkwright .

So , after browsing the shops and looking at the "waterfall" , we had to pay for more parking so we could go and have an ice cream (a must for the kids ) , and a walk along the old canal tow path. We didn't go as far as we normally do , due to time , but had a nice wander .

I remember when I was at junior school ,we had a trip to Cromford ,and they had an old barge that we took a ride on. It was pulled by a pony called Strawberry , and the people who owned it had a dog called Friday as he just turned up one Friday and decided to stay.

When we got to this bridge , they had to unhook Strawberry and take him over the top , and push the barge through . After that I always had a fascination for canals and barges and did a huge project on them one summer holiday .Whilst walking ,we came across these two baby ducklings on the side of the canal . Mama duck wasn't too far away ,so we stayed back and watched them for a while .And here are some more views from along the way .Hope you enjoy .

Thanks for dropping by , I'll be back soon.



Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Cath
Looks such a pretty and interesting place. My family would have loved the old bookshop. The ducks are so cute. Thanks for sharing pictures from your day out.
Looks like you won some gorgeous goodies.
Thanks for your e-mail. Glad the card arrived safely and brightened your day.
We are back now and had a great break. It's nice to be home though!

Elaine said...

Sounds like you, Ian and the kids had a wonderful day out Cath. I would love to get lost in that bookshop and have a walk along the canal. Thanks for sharing those great pics. Hugs!

Sherri said...

Such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing the photos. The bookstore looks like heaven!

Blu said...

What a lovely place! It looks so peaceful.

Shellie said...

Beautiful Views Cath Looks like you had a nice time
Hugs Shellie xxx

Dani - tkdchick said...

So picturesque! Thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

Lovely photos Cath. I am pleased you had a good day in a favourite place.
I love book shops that are stacked to the gunnels and the owner tucked away in a little corner .... :-))


Wendy said...

I love Cromford, but most of all I love this book shop!